Larison Creek

October 16, 2003

A glorious Fall day and six congenial hikers resulted in a great hike along Larison Creek and back. In open areas the vine maples and dogwoods were a brilliant red. Among the evergreens, mostly Douglas fir, red cedar and some yew, the deciduous trees provided a golden glow. Recent rain enlivened the mosses and provided the pleasant woodsy fragrance. Our lunch spot was the bedrock described in Bill Sullivanís book and there we ate, chatted and watched leaves fall. The water was very low, it would be interesting to repeat this in the Spring and see the difference when there is a high flow. Although we heard a few birds, the only one we saw was a great blue heron. A garter snake scuttled across Marshallís path. Mushrooms of all sizes were in great abundance.

On the way home we stopped at the Fish Hatchery in Oakridge and enjoyed viewing the sturgeon, the birds etc. and visiting the museum. Thanks for the suggestion Sheila, and thanks to Norma for driving.

Hikers were Marshall Kandell, Norma Lockyear, Bonnie Manheim, Karla Rusow, Sheila Ward and leader Margaret Prentice

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